June 4, 2012 Subject:
You Can Change the World.
Cast: Eddie `Rochester` Anderson (Rochester), Jack Benny, Ann Blyth, Johnny Burke, Bing Crosby, Paul Douglas, Irene Dunne, William Holden, Bob Hope, Father James G. Keller, Jimmy Van Heusen and Loretta Young.
Remember: All men are created equal all over the world; the people of the United States are not better than the rest of the world. Peace for all the mankind around the Universe.
January 23, 2010 Subject:
My take on this
Well, I won't comment on the very obvious religious message here. But I will say that in some respects I agree with the writer below. That race relations were touched on (especially by Benny) and that the performers were listed alphabetically with Eddie Anderson's name at the top of the list tells me there was a call for racial justice included here. Jack Benny often made public service announcements at the end of his radio show, calling for racial respect and tolerance and speaking out against prejudice ( I am currently listening to his radio shows and it is interesting to see and read about his personal evolution and the evolution of his radio show, due no doubt to his increasing closeness with Anderson). Vincent Price also made similar announcements on his shows on radio. The fifties were rife with lynchings. A number of so called 'race movies' were made then by a number of prominent stars as a way of bringing racial injustice to the fore. And yes, they were brave in doing that. It's not like today...their careers could have been over by doing stuff like that. Also, notice how Bing Crosby and the other two gentlemen greet Anderson...they touch him warmly and familiarly. Benny was a touchy person and was very intimate in his touching Anderson on TV. In the fifties, that was a big deal. That was a powerful message. So as an African American who grew up in the fifties I say this is an interesting piece of film. Not for the religious stuff (boring) and certainly not Ms. Hypocrite herself, Loretta Young, but for the subtle calls for brotherhood.
September 8, 2009 Subject:
I think some of the reviewers don't know their US history
In 1951 the US film industry was still under the Hayes Codes and the main part of those censorship rules was that equality between blacks and whites was a bad unChristian thing not to be advocated for by the film industry. I don't know much about who these Christopher people who got this made were, but I take this to be a somewhat muffled call by the Catholic Church for people to work for racial fairness as the good American Christian thing to do. Since actors could end up with all their films banned in the South for such actions I think this was actually an act of courage on these folks' part. Maybe like Reagan's anti Klan film it did help in a small way to change the world.
September 3, 2009 Subject:
I am a citizen of the USA. But, while I love my country and want to see it thrive, I think stuff like this is kind of misleading.
The USA is NOT God's favorite nation. We are part of the world. A good part, but only a PART. He loves all mankind EQUALLY.
The ideals addressed in the film are nice, but like another poster wrote, it is a little hard to take Christian values when they are being preached from the likes of child abusers like Bing Crosby who was also an alcoholic.
Anne Blythe comes across just about as sincere as she did in her Hostess Cupcake commercials.
Like I said, the ideals spoken of in this film are noce to aspire to, but you gotta get someone besides Hollywood folks to promote it.
December 21, 2008 Subject:
Not worth the watch despite 'cast'
This is basically an early infomercial and it's for an offshoot of the Catholic Church. It is included in a box set I have of Jack Benny programs simply because he appears in it. Of interest only to folks interested in the Christopher movement or to see various A-list Hollywood stars fulfill their contractual obligations for SAG membership -- swinging stud Bill Holden seems especially out of place next to hypocritical holy joes like Loretta Young.
May 30, 2008 Subject:
This is not really made for TV, but is part of a group of films made by The Christophers, which is a curious religious movement that everyone got on the bandwagon in the 50's and 60's. There is another film in the archive, "Atomic Energy As A Force For Good". Skip Eisheimer has a very good Christophers film on his "Religion" DVD.
So suffice to say, this aint classic TV.
May 27, 2008 Subject:
The Framework of a government by the people
Excellant! I enjoyed this very much. The ideas presented here I wish would carry over; stating basically the individual is important and essential to the human condition.
May 27, 2008 Subject:
Commies are stupid